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Old 12-10-2013
Remove duplicates in flat file

Hi all,
I have a issues while loading a flat file to the DB. It is taking much time.
When analyzed i found out that there are duplicates entry in the flat file.
There are 2 type of Duplicate entry.
1) is entire row is duplicate. ( i can use sort | uniq) to remove the duplicated entry.
2) the PK which are forming the composite columns are same for 2 records , but the other columns are different which is also rejected and only one is getting loaded. PFB an example for the same.
My Pk are 1 , 4, 6, 8 from the flat file which is going to be loaded into the DB.
Column names : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Records 1 a b c d e f g h i j
records 2 a k l d m f n h o p
So since my PK are alone same and the rest is also different the Loader is ommiting those records. Can you tell me a script by which i can omit the record 2.
Please help.. We are in brink of issues to be fixed before tomorrow evening.
Thanks in advance
# 2  
Old 12-10-2013
sort -u -k1,1 -k4,4 -k6,6 -k8,8 file
a b c d e f g h i j

or use an awk solution of which many have been posted in here in the recent past.
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# 3  
Old 12-11-2013
Thanks rudic. Will give it a try.
If there is any other options please let me know..

---------- Post updated 12-11-13 at 07:33 AM ---------- Previous update was 12-10-13 at 08:44 AM ----------


I have tried out. But in my flat file there is one more disadvantage. It is not seperated by " " between records , but by "|"
example is
cat sample.txt

Please suggest any solutions for this..
Your solution for the same was effective. But since it is seperated with "|" what i need to do ??


Last edited by Franklin52; 12-15-2013 at 08:48 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags
# 4  
Old 12-11-2013

sort -u -t "|" -k1,1 -k4,4 -k6,6 -k8,8 file

# 5  
Old 12-15-2013
awk -F'|' '{k=$1"|"$4"|"$6"|"$8} !(k in keys) {print; keys[k]++}' file

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